Kathy Petersen’s Blog

My personality!

Posted in Uncategorized by Kathy on May 19, 2008

I was spurred on to take my personality test by this blog. It was interesting. You basically click on “yes” or “no” for about 80 questions. My results? [drum roll, please…] I’m INTJ — “Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging.” So I started reading the description for that personality type — I was pretty skeptical, to tell you the truth. But I gotta admit, it hit me between the eyes.

Some excerpts from the full description:

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know…..

…This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. 🙂

Famous INTJs:

Dan Aykroyd, Augustus Caesar, Jane Austen,  Raymond Burr, Charles Everett Koop,  C. S. Lewis, Donald Rumsfeld, & General Colin Powell; and [U.S. Presidents] Chester A. Arthur, Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, James K. Polk, & Woodrow Wilson.

Fictional:

Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice), Gandalf the Grey (J. R. R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth books), Hannibal Lecter &  Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs).

So, what are you?

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  1. momofracl said, on May 20, 2008 at 3:13 am

    I’m almost the opposite of you – ENFP.

    I, too, was skeptical when I first heard about personality types, but it’s amazing how dead-on they are. I think they’re a wonderful tool for relating to others.

    Glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised by the test. =)

    Sarah


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